SVP & CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Victoria Harvey brings over 20 years of legal experience to Smile Brands Inc. (SBI). She joined Smile Brands in 2014 as Associate General Counsel and was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer (CLO) in April 2015. In her capacity as CLO at SBI, she oversees all legal affairs, including mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, risk management, contracts, government affairs, insurance portfolio, pre-litigation and litigation matters and strategic legal matters. Victoria also is passionate about Smile for Everyone Foundation, and serves as one of its Directors.
Prior to joining Smile Brands, Victoria practiced commercial and employment litigation with the law firms of Loeb & Loeb LLP in Los Angeles and Theodora Oringher Miller & Richman PC in Costa Mesa, Calif. Subsequently, in 2007, she started her in-house legal career with Real Mex Restaurants, which at the time was the largest full-service Mexican restaurant company in the U.S.; in 2010, she was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, where she handled all of the company’s legal functions.
She has extensive experience as in-house counsel with a record of advising senior management on critical legal issues while focusing on balancing business goals and minimizing company legal exposure. She has managed and directed all manner of company legal functions, including service, vendor, lease, supply chain, distribution, technology, marketing, non-disclosure, franchise and purchase/sales agreements; developed policies and procedures to ensure compliance with state and federal regulatory laws; corporate governance for public reporting and privately held companies; intellectual property, trademarks, confidentiality and trade secrets; litigation management; insurance portfolio management; and day-to-day guidance with respect to professional, employment/labor and general liability issues.
In 2016, the Orange County Business Journal honored Victoria with its “General Counsel of a Private Company” award for her significant contributions to Smile Brands and to the legal field. Victoria has also been nominated for a “Leaders in Law” award by the Los Angeles County Business Journal, and has been previously recognized as one of the top General Counsels in Southern California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal, a Southern California legal publication.
Victoria is committed to fostering the in-house bar community, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Corporate Counsel – Southern California Chapter.
Victoria is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Whittier Law School in Los Angeles, graduating valedictorian and summa cum laude.